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Police: Man arrested moments after bank robbery attempt in Santa Maria

Posted at 8:14 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 23:19:26-04

Police took a man into custody Thursday morning moments after officers say he tried to rob a Santa Maria bank.

Santa Maria police say officers responded to Chase Bank on the 2200 block of S. Broadway at about 11:44 a.m. to reports of a robbery in progress.

Officers say the suspect, identified as Juan Angel Salinas Pena, went into the bank and told a teller he had a gun and demanded money.

When officers arrived on scene, they say the 25-year-old tried to run off but was taken into custody in the parking lot.

Pena had not been given any money, police say, adding that a gun was not located on the suspect.

He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for a parole violation and attempted bank robbery, according to police.